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TWU Theatre Opens Season with Radio Gals

09/18/03


DENTON — Don’t touch that dial!

The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Department opens its 2003-04 season with Radio Gals, a musical by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick. Performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 8-11, with matinees at 4 p.m. Oct. 7 and 2 p.m. Oct. 12. All performances will take place in the Redbud Theatre on Bell Avenue on TWU’s Denton campus. Ticket prices are $5 to $12. For reservations and other information, call the TWU Theatre Box Office at (940) 898-2020.

Radio Gals is set in Cedar Ridge, Ark., in the late 1920s. When Hazel Hunt (portrayed by Brista Hurst of Longview) retires as the town’s music teacher, her students give her a Western Electric 500-watt radio transmitter. Following the fashion of “mom and pop” radio stations of the day, Hazel begins broadcasting as radio station WGAL. She and her all-girl orchestra, “The Hazelnuts,” come together every day in Hazel’s parlor to transmit a variety of homey chat, novelty songs and catchy jingles.

Hazel’s habit of twisting the dial until she finds a clear channel catches up with her when the “local” broadcasting signal reaches as far as Montreal. Federal radio inspector O.B. Abbott (Dennis Sloan of Dallas) arrives to shut her down, but soon falls to the flattery of The Hazelnuts and can’t help but join in the fun.

Other cast members include Maranda Mang of Hewitt; Camille Thompson of Fort Worth; Jennifer Ehrhart and Les Huey, both of Denton; and TWU music therapy professor Joe Pinson.

TWU’s production is directed by Dr. Tony Medlin, assistant professor of drama. Ruth Engel of Keene is the assistant director. Scenic design is by Jerry Dawson, with costume design by Dr. Mary Lou Hoyle, TWU professor of drama. Kari Schouveller of Wichita Falls is in charge of prop design; Stefanie Glenn of Fort Worth, sound design; and Jaymes Gregory of Haltom City, lighting design.

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